Sunflower Seed Oil in the Kitchen and its Fantastic Health Benefits

Sunflower seed oil tohkin

Sunflower Seed Oil is a light, healthy oil to incorporate into your cooking. From its immense vitamin E and omega-6 content to anti-inflammatory properties and phytosterol compounds, a high smoke point of 440°F / 225°C provides an incredibly versatile oil. Grab your spatula – let’s learn how to properly use sunflower seed oil in your kitchen, as well …

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Cooking with Lavender – A Culinary Herb Beyond Colorful Aromatics

Cooking with lavender field

It was a long hot summer day, seven years ago in September, when I first discovered the wonders of cooking with lavender. A friend’s coworker had opened up a boutique ice cream shop and was experimenting in making different ice creams with various ingredients each week. The day I chose to drop in and try the ice cream was …

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Kombucha Health Benefits and Kombucha Composition

Kombucha health benefits

There is no shortage of articles discussing Kombucha health benefits, often without sources or references. I see these and wonder how much is made up on the spot, or misinterpreted. Fake news is a thing, and so is pseudoscience. I needed to conduct my own research and studies. Could I find peer-reviewed studies, with methodologies published? What have I …

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Late Night Happy Hour in Sacramento

Sacramento late night happy hour

Late night happy hour in Sacramento is defined as any happy hour which happens after 6pm. Here is a list, organized by day of the week and photo of the menu. If you’re a venue providing a late night happy hour – please comment with updated information to add. Monday Bento Box Sunday – Thursday: …

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Kombucha Brewing Equipment – The Basics

Kombucha brewing equipment basics

As I foray into the world of Kombucha, I found myself in need of a quick go-to Kombucha brewing equipment list. I wanted to start small, and slowly work my way up into being able to improve my brewing and quality. There is a lot of cool and fairly inexpensive equipment to help with this. …

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Understanding Coffee: Processing and Sourcing

Coffee processing

As an avid coffee drinker, I wanted to reach a better understanding on where my coffee came from. What are the things that happen to coffee before it even reaches the store where I buy the beans? What was the flavor impact of some of these words and terminology I’ve seen on coffee bags? A …

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Swiss Chard Behind the Scenes – Vibrant Taste Comparison

Swiss chard

Swiss chard, rainbow chard, bright lights, green chard, silverbeet, perpetual spinach, crab beet, seakale, mangold, spinach (in South Africa) – these are all pretty much the same thing with different names. I haven’t encountered too many recipes which call for raw chards. It can be tough and stringy, which isn’t pleasant for the unsuspecting chewer. When cooked …

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Aggregate Nutrient Density Index or ANDI

Aggregate nutrient density index andi

ANDI stands for Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, a scoring system that rates foods on a scale from 1 to 1000 based on nutrient content. ANDI scores are calculated by evaluating an extensive range of micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities. Aggregate Nutrient Density Index according to Dr.Fuhrman and the CDC At the center …

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Carpe Vino! Seize the Budget Wines

Finding budget and value wines

Value wines are a great place to start when exploring different varietals and regions without breaking the bank. However, remember a lot of the varietal differences are far less pronounced than at higher end wine. Budget wines should be used to get a feel for the style of wine you like, but not an end-all …

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